Press Release

26 October 2012 ~ For Immediate Release

Exhibit A Signs Tom Vater


Exhibit A, the crime fiction imprint of Angry Robot Books, is delighted to announce the signing of Tom Vater, in a World Rights deal for two novels, featuring Detective Maier. The first, The Cambodian Book of the Dead, is to be published in July 2013 in paperback and e-book in the US and UK.


About Tom Vater

Tom is The Daily Telegraph’s Bangkok expert. On assignments, he’s joined sea gypsies and nomads, pilgrims, sex workers, serial killers, rebels and soldiers, politicians and secret agents, artists, pirates, hippies, gangsters, police men and prophets. Some of them have become close friends. His most recent non-fiction book, Sacred Skin, about Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos, was published world wide to huge critical acclaim in 2011 and has been the subject of two TV documentaries.
You can find out more about Tom on his website:


About The Cambodian Book of the Dead

Cambodia – a country re-emerges from a half century of war, genocide, famine and cultural collapse.

German Detective Maier travels to Phnom Penh, the Asian kingdom’s ramshackle capital, to find the heir to a Hamburg coffee empire.

As soon as the private eye and former war reporter arrives in Cambodia, his search for the young coffee magnate leads into the darkest corners of the country’s history, and through the history of the communist revolution to the White Spider, a Nazi war criminal, who hides amongst the detritus of modern Cambodia and reigns over an ancient Khmer temple deep in the jungle.

Maier, captured and imprisoned, is forced into the worst job of his life – he is to write the biography of the White Spider, a tale of mass murder that reaches from the Cambodian Killing Fields back to Europe’s concentration camps – or die.


Reaction of Exhibit A editor, Emlyn Rees, to signing Tom Vater:

“Maier is a fabulous creation, idiosyncratic, and reminiscent of Sam Spade in his laconic and fatalistic approach to life. This exciting new international detective series will appeal to anyone who’s ever dreamt of foreign adventure. And in Tom Vater, we have a thrilling writer who knows Asia like the back of his hand. A real find.”


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